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Fireproof Children provides effective, research-based fire and burn prevention training and juvenile firesetting intervention programs. We offer a variety of educational materials and training programs, including custom designed workshops, to fire departments, schools, day care centers, and community agencies.

Juvenile Firesetting:

A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention

Juvenile Firesetting A Community Guide to Prevention and Intervention

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Fireproof Children develops and delivers customized safety training and materials that are sustainable and target high-risk populations. Recent and current projects include:

BIC play safe! be safe!® preschool fire safety workshops

NASFM Youth Firesetter Prevention workshops

Prevention 1st's After the Fire: The Teachable Moment

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Protect the Ones

You Love

Fireproof Children is a participating organization in Protect the Ones You Love: Child Injuries Are Preventable, 'a CDC initiative to raise parents' awareness about the leading causes of child injury in the United States and how they can be prevented.

Most Popular Articles and Resources:

Misperception of Fire Risk

Counseling Children Who Play With Fire

When Is My Child Old Enough to Use the Stove?

Classroom Activities for Fire Safety

Writer's Guide to Fire and Arson

Best Practices from the NASFM Youth Fire Prevention Program

NASFM Youth Fire Prevention Workshops: Lessons Learned

FAQ Children and Fire

Kids Can Be Key to Fire-Safe Families (published in Young Children, the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Having a Smoke Alarm Isn't Enough

Fire Safe Cigarettes

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In memoriam: Jerry Bills
Fireproof Children, FRY, and the Rochester Experience

This year we lost a true pioneer and champion of juvenile firesetting prevention with the passing of Jerry Bills, one of the founders of Fireproof Children.

In the early 1980s, Jerry took on the leadership of the Rochester Fire Department's Fire-Related Youth Program, greatly expanding its partnerships with the community. When he reached out to the University of Rochester, the team that would become Fireproof Children was begun.

That team worked with the fire department and the entire community to reduce repeat juvenile firesetting by 74%. Their strategy became a model for all of New York State and was eventually copied throughout the country.

Learn how they did it in this series of articles:

Part 1: Founding the Fire-Related Youth Program

Part 2: Jerry Bills and the Expansion of FRY

Part 3: Reducing Repeat Juvenile Firesetting

Part 4: Fireproof Children Takes Up the Training

Part 5: Beyond Children, Beyond Fire


Welcome to our new sister division! Community Health Strategies, a division of National Fire Service Support Systems, Inc., advocates for the inclusion of injury prevention in public health policies and programs. Through networking and coalition building, program development, implementation and evaluation, CHS provides community solutions for injury prevention.


Omaha Teens Help Younger Children Stay Safe

Captain David Mann stands in front of a teenage boy, wait-ing for him to say what may be the most important words of the boy's young life.

The boy looks Mann straight in the eye to say: "I am a fire

Mann, who is Public Education Officer for Omaha Fire & Rescue, presents this newest graduate of the department's
Juvenile Fire Starter Program with a play safe! be safe!® kit, along with a final assignment. Like each of his fellow graduates, the boy will go through the kit with his parents, then find a daycare center in his neigh-borhood and present the kit and its fire-safety lessons.

Read more in this excerpt from the BIC play safe! be safe! Bulletin.

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